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The destruction of Constantinople by the crusaders – the year 1204

A Christian city destroyed by Christian crusaders – such was the fate of Constantinople. It had resisted waves of invaders from Bulgars to Russians and the Muslim emirates. But it was brought to its knees by people it should have…

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Were the Crusades based on medieval Fake News?

Medieval fake news may have started two hundred years of Crusades with a forged letter from the Byzantine emperor to the Christian west begging for help

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The Crusade in Egypt – land of the Pyramids

Egypt was as much a target for Crusader and Knight Templar activity as other parts of the Middle East as Tony McMahon discovers

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Top medieval bad guys – Kings to Popes!

Tony McMahon looks at one medieval bad guy after another to decide who was the most evil man in the Middle Ages among popes and kings

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The Fourth Crusade and the sack of Constantinople

Constantinople was destroyed during the Fourth Crusade – a treacherous act by Christian crusaders in the year 1204 led by Venice

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Capurneum – visit to the hometown of Jesus

The Templar Knight blog visited Capurneum – also known as Capharnaum – and discovered the hometown of Jesus later hit by the huge Galilee Earthquake of 749

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Masada – site of a mass suicide – or not?

The hilltop fortress of Masada in Israel is the alleged site of a mass suicide by Jewish rebels under the Roman emperor Vespasian but did this happen?

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The birthplace of John the Baptist

Today I visited the birthplace of John the Baptist as part of my journey to Israel. The Franciscan monastery at Ein Karem – a village now swallowed up by Jerusalem – is a nineteenth century construction sitting on top of…

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Paganism in Europe at the time of the Templars

Paganism lingered in Europe way into the Middle Ages though eventually the Catholic church suppressed it with violence

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The Templar history of Syria

Syria was a prized possession of the Knights Templar – or at least parts of it – before the knights were forced out of the country

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